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Melissa Cohen

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Name: Melissa Cohen
Date registered: March 7, 2013
URL: https://www.melissaannecohen.com

Latest posts

  1. We all have covid — January 13, 2022
  2. Overwhelmed — January 11, 2022
  3. It feels like March 2020 — January 9, 2022
  4. I’ve become “that mom” — January 3, 2022
  5. IEP troubles — December 29, 2021

Most commented posts

  1. Jessie’s poem — 5 comments
  2. Ultimate Blog Party — 5 comments
  3. He sat on the rug — 4 comments
  4. Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) — 4 comments
  5. Head Injury — 4 comments

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Jan 13

We all have covid

Julie and Marc are the only one we have test results for, but I expect to get Sam and Jessie’s today or tomorrow, and I’m on the phone arranging my test now. We’re okay. Julie’s mostly through the worst of it now, and feels basically okay. It’s hard to figure out how to count quarantine …

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Jan 11

Overwhelmed

I’m feeling especially stressed and overwhelmed right now. We’re coming down to the end of Sam’s semester and I’m looking at a biology test that looks awful to me. I did not thrive in high school biology. And because I’m the one translating all this to him because he can’t see it, if I don’t …

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Jan 09

It feels like March 2020

This is not where I thought we’d be in January of 2022. But it’s not altogether bad either. The omicron variant of the virus is running rampant, and we may or may not have it. We can’t get tested, so there’s no way to know, either way. Julie’s sick, sore throat, cough, some congestion. Becky …

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Jan 03

I’ve become “that mom”

I literally just wrote an email, explaining that Sam would need to do test corrections or have the test dropped altogether, because WE ARE NOT going to let that 65% stand as his final test grade. I used to be the mom who was devil may care about grades. Jessie stressed so much about her …

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Dec 29

IEP troubles

IEP’s are, by definition, impossible. I mean, the first time I heard of an IEP, I thought it sounded fantastic. An individualized education plan? Where professionals consider your child, modify lessons and design curriculum to suit your child’s individual learning style? SIGN ME UP. So stupid. Because it actually sucks. Your child only gets an …

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Dec 28

Everything changes

One theme I’ve been thinking about lately is that of change. There have been so many times in my life when I was so happy – when I really loved everything about what I was doing, and where everyone was, and… it changed. I loved a lot of my twenties – living with Becky, having …

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Nov 18

The Pledge

Somewhere along the line, Julianna stopped standing for the pledge of allegiance. I’m not sure when, but it probably happened during covid. I don’t know that she did it at Flagg Street. But she doesn’t stand in class for the pledge of allegiance now. Julie, at Gates Lane, is a different kid in a lot …

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Oct 11

One month in

It’s more like a month and a week, but being on time has never been a strong point for me. Julianna bounced into school like a duck to water. It’s a good metaphor, because a duck legit needs water and is happiest there, and truly, that’s what it feels like. She’s in her best place. …

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Sep 22

3 weeks

It’s been three weeks since Jessie moved to Wellesley, and we’re adjusting. Four weeks since Julianna started back in public school, and she’s thriving. Less than a week since Sam started braille, and he’s oddly proficient for a kid who had three months of braille instruction three years ago. Because the Jewish holidays happened so …

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Aug 19

I’ve felt this way before

I was sitting this morning, thinking my thoughts, and realizing that I have felt like this before. It’s not precisely the same, but the closest I can come is when you’re eight and a half months pregnant. Not there yet, but on the precipice of everything changing, and being in a new place. Everything is …

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